Residents of Wyoming turned out in droves over the weekend to protest anti-LGBTQIA comments made by one of the state's senators, Senator Mike Enzi.
Earlier in April, Sen. Enzi told a group of students at Greybull High School that he knows a man who wears a tutu to bars and ends up in fights, stating that the man was "asking for it". He said this in response to a student asking, "What work are you and your comrades doing to improve the life of the LGBT community in Wyoming? How do you plan to help Wyoming live up to its name as ‘The Equality State?'"
Enzi's answer was, "We always say that in Wyoming you can be just about anything you want to be, as long as you don’t push it in somebody’s face. I know a guy who wears a tutu and goes to bars on Friday night and is always surprised that he gets in fights. Well, he kind of asks for it. That’s the way that he winds up with that kind of problem."
Enzi has since apologised, saying he regrets "a poor choice of words".
However, the apology didn't seem quite enough, because all over the state, Wyoming residents turned up to bars wearing - you guessed it - tutus.
Residents and not-for-profit group Wyoming Equality organised a handful of specific 'tutu parties', and others just turned up at their local in a frilly skirt as a mark of solidarity. Posts on social media were captioned with the hashtag, #LiveAndLetTutu.
Wyoming newspaper The Casper Star Tribune reported that one of the venues hosting a tutu party was Butch's Bar in Evansville - a venue commonly known as a biker hangout.
The Tribune reports, "Bartenders in tutus paused with customers to move their hands overhead and sing the song ‘YMCA'. Upstairs tutus, feather boas and people in plain clothes twirled on the dance floor together.”
Education and Outreach Coordinator at Wyoming Equality, Sara Burlingame, posted on Facebook, “Honestly, this is what we do in Wyoming. Straight men all over the state are going to be joining their LGBTQ siblings and wearing tutus, buying their queer friends drinks and having a great time. It is a great time to be in the Equality State where we talk out differences and show up for each other — with or without tutus.”
Most, however, decided that going to the pub with a tutu sounded far more supportive and fun: